Arborwood’s big show: Student-planned Transportation Show May 20

This group of sixth-grade Arborwood students presented the idea of a car show to the Monroe Public Schools Board of Education. The adults standing in the back are (from left): Ashley Cornett, Andrea Wylie, Mandi Perkey, Kevin Pilgrim and DJ Freese.

This group of sixth-grade Arborwood students presented the idea of a car show to the Monroe Public Schools Board of Education. The adults standing in the back are (from left): Ashley Cornett, Andrea Wylie, Mandi Perkey, Kevin Pilgrim and DJ Freese.

“Super fancy cars” are inspiring a sixth-grade class at Arborwood South Elementary School.

Ashley Cornett’s 28 students are hosting their first Transportation Show later this month at the school. They have big plans. “Think car show, but with multiple forms of transportation,” Cornett said. “My sixth-grade class is very interested in ‘super fancy cars,’ so, as a team, we came up with the idea of putting on a car show.

Our goal is to be the first student-led car show in Monroe. We can’t wait.” The students’ Transportation Show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

May 20 in the parking lot at Arborwood South, 1008 Riverview Ave. Admission is free. Dozens of vehicles are expected.

“We hope to have around 60 vehicles. We currently have new and classic cars, motorcycles, a box truck, ambulance, fire truck, police cars and possibly a helicopter fly-over (pending no medical emergencies). We are working to get a school bus, semi and public transportation as well,” Cornett said. “People can sign-up to bring a form of transportation by calling us at (734) 265-3835.

The deadline to sign-up is May 16. There is no entry fee.”

Ashley Cornett’s students walked around an area neighborhood to observe types of transportation in preparation for the show.

Ashley Cornett’s students walked around an area neighborhood to observe types of transportation in preparation for the show.

The Transportation Show also will include face painting, coloring and foot races for children and music. Food vendors also will sell refreshments, and students will display their research.

“Currently we have Manhattan Street food truck, JEMS Diner and an ice cream sandwich cart from Cakes By Stephanie,” Cornett said. “The cafeteria will be open with tables for eating as well as displays of our research on various types of transportation. (Our objective) is to teach people about transportation and how it affects the way we live.”

Sofie Webb makes a call for the Transportation Show while Livia Poupard looks on.

Sofie Webb makes a call for the Transportation Show while Livia Poupard looks on.

The class is hoping for a large crowd. “We don’t know (how many to expect), but are hoping for 150-200 people,” Cornett said. The students have been working on the Transportation Show since before spring break.

It’s part of the Project Based Learning program, which Arborwood is piloting. Five projects are part of the pilot.
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“Project Based Learning is part of the School Improvement Plan at Arborwood, and it is in our three-year plan to have it implemented school-wide,” Cornett said. For her project, Cornett is working with Mandi Perkey, technology teacher; Andrea Wylie, principal, and DJ Freese, student success teacher. They broke the class into seven groups for the show: Customer service, advertising, budget, recruiting transportation, measuring the parking lot to see how many vehicles will fit, rules of the cars how and arranging food and ice cream trucks.

“Each group is responsible for completing various tasks within their topic. They have been researching, making phone calls using scripts they wrote, talking to various classrooms and visiting dealerships. They have also created a logo, posters for advertising, T-shirts and stickers,” Cornett said. “They have been working very hard.”

The students also are learning some real-world skills. “They’ve learned how to make professional phone calls. We’ve learned how to care for cars and how to create rules for a successful show.

They’ve also learned how to create and follow a budget,” Cornett said. “Students are researching, writing, calculating and learning about transportation around the world.

We gave the students the driving question, and they have been doing everything since.”

Doing transportation research are (from left): Madison Morris, Athena Wells and Mia Mejia.

Doing transportation research are (from left): Madison Morris, Athena Wells and Mia Mejia.

This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Arborwood’s student-planned Transportation Show May 20




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